A Bottle of Red, A Bottle of White
Whatever kind of mood you’re in tonight. Hopefully everyone is familiar with Billy Joel’s, Scenes From An Italian Restaurant. Tonight I feature two wines (a red and a white) from Pend d’Oreille Winery, located near the shores of Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, Idaho. Winemaker, Steve Meyer, uses traditional French methods with grapes sourced from world-class vineyards of the Pacific Northwest to produce multiple award-winning wines.
With a lineup of various cheeses ready from Whole Foods, I pulled the cork on the 2008 Chardonnay. Barrel fermented and aged in 100% French oak and retailing for $16 a bottle, 675 cases were produced of this Vickers Vineyard Chardonnay. A nice floral nose, showing a hint of oak and toasted almonds in the background. On the palate, flavors of apples and melon dominate before a toasty finish.
Last, but certainly not least, was the 2006 Snake River Valley Pinot Noir. Aged 20 months in 100% French oak, the $22 Pinot Noir is sourced from the Kuna Butte Vineyard, located in Kuna, Idaho. The nose is ripe with cherry and raspberry fruit. The palate is similarly ripe with cherry, spice and plum.
Another impressive showing from Idaho and especially Pend d’Oreille Winery. I also recommend trying their Bistro Rouge, a popular red blend.
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